Daily Archives: November 29, 2017

MEC Pauline Williams kick-starts Festive Season Road Safety Campaign in Hartswater, 30 Nov

Northern Cape Province set to kick-start Festive Season Road Safety Campaign in Hartswater.

The MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison Ms Pauline Williams will tomorrow lead Provincial operations to kick-start the Province’s Festive Season Road Safety Campaigns in Hartswater.

The MEC will also use the platform to address and encourage Law Enforcement Authorities ahead of the operations to be intensified across the Province and also mark a continued close working-relationship with stakeholders.

The operations will be joined by the SAPS, North West Traffic Authorities and other stakeholders such as the Road Accident Fund.

Source: Government of South Africa

MEC Pauline Williams kick-starts Festive Season Road Safety Campaign in Hartswater, 30 Nov

Northern Cape Province set to kick-start Festive Season Road Safety Campaign in Hartswater.

The MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison Ms Pauline Williams will tomorrow lead Provincial operations to kick-start the Province’s Festive Season Road Safety Campaigns in Hartswater.

The MEC will also use the platform to address and encourage Law Enforcement Authorities ahead of the operations to be intensified across the Province and also mark a continued close working-relationship with stakeholders.

The operations will be joined by the SAPS, North West Traffic Authorities and other stakeholders such as the Road Accident Fund.

Source: Government of South Africa

Fifth AU-EU summit kicks off

President Jacob Zuma has joined over 80 leaders representing 55 African and 28 European countries, who are meeting at the Fifth Summit of the African Union-European Union, which kicks off in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, this morning.

President Zuma arrived in Abidjan on Tuesday evening for the summit which will be held under the theme ‘Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in Youth’.

It will emphasise the importance of youth in the two regions’ socio-economic development programmes, which is a key priority for Africa and the EU as 60% of the African population is under the age of 25.

The African Union-European Union Heads of State and Government Summit take place traditionally every three years alternately in Africa and Europe. Leaders take stock of the progress made in the implementation of commitments and provide political guidance for further work.

President Zuma said South Africa views the summit as providing an opportunity to strongly emphasize the need to change the nature of relations between the AU and EU from a post-colonial model of dependency to a new partnership of interdependence that addresses Africa’s development challenges and contributes to shared prosperity between the two regions.

It is also an opportunity to promote the importance of the African peace and security architecture and a need for Africa’s partners to recognise and respect that the resolution of conflict situations in Africa is primarily the responsibility of the African Union, supported by the UN Security Council,” said President Zuma on Tuesday.

At a national level, President Zuma said South Africa wishes to use the summit to give new impetus to the South Africa-EU Strategic Partnership, specifically since it is the 10th Anniversary of the partnership.

In this regard, the summit will further provide an opportunity for South Africa to enhance strategic economic and diplomatic relations through various engagements in the summit and in side events such as the Business Forum and Youth Summit, with a focus on inclusive economic growth, youth employment and entrepreneurship.

The summit is also expected to focus on supporting the objectives of the African Union’s Agenda 2063 and its flagship projects. It is further expected that the summit will adopt Joint Priority Projects for the period 2018 to 2022 that will focus on mobilising investments for Africa’s structural transformation, human capacity development, including capacitating the youth. Addressing peace and security, ensuring good governance and creating resilient societies will also form the core of the summit focus.

The summit will further discuss issues of mutual concern that affect the two regions, including enhancing economic opportunities for youth, mobility and migration, trade and investment, cooperation on peace and security, as well as cooperation on governance between the two regions.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Nigerian President Vows to Bring Back Stranded Citizens in Libya, Elsewhere

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to bring back citizens who are stranded in Libya and other parts of the world by expanding the country’s socioeconomic programs.

African and European leaders began high-level talks Wednesday on migration, a key issue that has received more attention since video was disseminated showing what appeared to be West African migrants being sold at a slave auction in Libya, drawing condemnation from around the world.

In reaction to the video, Buhari said it was deplorable that “some Nigerians [in the footage] were being sold like goats for a few dollars in Libya.”

Nigeria’s government said on Twitter that 242 Nigerian migrants returned home from Libya on Tuesday and that more than 4,000 stranded there had “safely returned home” this year.

“It is very important that we simply support Africans to put a stop to illegal migration, so people don’t have to either suffer in horrible camps in Libya or are even being traded,” said German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the beginning of the two-day summit.

French President Emmanuel Macron said leaders of the United Nations, the European Union and African countries, including Libya, were discussing ways of stopping the human traffickers with “concrete, military and police actions on the ground to trace back these networks.”

The leaders also announced that they would set up a special task force to help protect migrants, notably those detained in conflict-torn Libya.

Details of the plan have yet to be worked out.

Burkina Faso’s foreign affairs minister has already recalled his ambassador from Libya, saying it is “unacceptable to have slaves in this 21st century.”

Buhari said his government would reduce the number of Nigerians illegally migrating to Europe through the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean Sea by expanding domestic education, food safety and health care programs.

Libya is the primary departure location for mostly African migrants attempting to enter Europe. Smugglers often pack them into unstable inflatable boats that frequently break down or sink.

Europe has struggled to stem the flow of Africans who make the dangerous trek through development aid, tighter border controls and other means. But many Africans are willing to risk death and abuse to seek jobs or escape conflict.

European Parliament President Antonio Tajani told lawmakers from both continents before the summit that quick solutions must be found to meet the needs of the African population, which he said is projected to double to nearly 2.5 billion people by 2050.

Tajani said Africa must create millions of jobs for young people or they will become disillusioned.

“We will then be facing problems of radicalization, especially in unstable regions such as the Sahel, but also much more widespread migration,” he said.

Source: Voice of America

KENYA TO GRANT VISAS ON ARRIVAL FOR ALL AFRICANS

NAIROBI, President Uhuru Kenyatta says any African citizen wishing to visit Kenya will be eligible to receive a visa on arrival.

The President made the announcement shortly after he took the oath of office for his second term of office here Tuesday.

The move is in line with his pan-Africanist vision and to prove Kenya’s commitment, the directive will be implemented without any demand for reciprocity from other nations on the continent.

Today, I am directing that any African wishing to visit Kenya will be eligible to receive a visa at the port of entry, said the President, who added that the boost trade, increase appreciation for African diversity and reduce negative politics on the continent.

For my fellow Africans, the free movement of people on our continent has always been a cornerstone of pan-African brotherhood and fraternity. The freer we are to travel and live with one another, the more integrated and appreciative of our diversity we will become, he said.

The President also said that citizens of countries in the East African Community (EAC) would be treated like Kenyans when they visit the country. Individuals from within the EAC will need only their national identity cards to work, do business, own property and farm in Kenya.

Stressing that Kenya was making the commitment without a demand for reciprocity from other EAC member nations, he added: I will work with you, my brothers, the leaders of the East African Community, to bring a renewed energy and optimism to our union. Together, we can deliver the peace and prosperity for which our citizens are crying out; divided, we will struggle to realise the full potential of our people.”

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK